The first World Ocean Assessment (WOA) is now available for review until 6 February 2015 at review.globalchange.gov.
As reported by the WOC in 2013, the inaugural U.N. WOA is the first of a regular process for global reporting and assessment of the state of the marine environment, including socioeconomic aspects.
The WOA includes more than fifty subjects grouped within four main themes:
Marine environment and understanding the ocean’s role in the global integrated Earth system
Food security and food safety
Marine biological diversity
Human activities that influence the ocean or are influenced by the ocean
It is important for the WOA to include input from the ocean business community, especially in relation to the assessment themes on human activities.
The first WOA report will include a technical summary showing interdisciplinary linkages between human impacts, ecosystem services, species, and habitats. The WOA report does not appraise marine policy and governance.
To participate in the review process, visit review.globalchange.gov, register for an account (or log-in if you already have one), read the "Guidance for Contributors," then choose the chapter(s) you are interested in and submit your review(s) according to the instructions. Chapters are approximately 15 pages long.
The WOA review is open to the international community. Members of the international community are welcomed and encouraged to review and submit comments on the WOA chapters using the U.S. process outlined above – especially if their governments are not running a domestic process.